Simple Herbs for Food and Medicine: Rosemary

Rosemary is a shrub with leaves about 1 inch long on a woody stem. The leaves are linear, revolute, dark green above, and paler green and glandular beneath. It has an aromatic, pungent scent with a camphor-like quality to it. The flowers are small and pale blue. This plant has an abundance of essential oils […]

​Traditional Herbal Medicine Indigenous to all People

Traditional herbal medicine is the use of plants as teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, powders, pills, bolus, balms, glycerites, honeys, cough syrups, steams, and many more   Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people and is for all to use and practice. Plant medicine is gentle and strong. The source of all medicine is the […]

Strega’s Clean Kitchen-Smudge Formula

Strega’s Clean Kitchen is the name of the “smudge” or blend of herbs I burn specifically in my kitchen. I spend a lot of time cooking, medicine-making. and drinking tea in this part of my home. I can say for for my own family and friends that come to visit, it’s the place we spend most of […]

​St. Joan’s/John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum

There are some 490 species of Hypericums, many of which possess bright yellow flowers and the signature perforated leaves. Several species are commonly used as ornamental plants in people’s gardens. The perforations are easiest to see when a leaf is held up to the sun and viewed from beneath, it is quite striking to see how […]

What is a Vaginal Steam and Why Should I Do One?

Vaginal steams are used in in traditional medical systems worldwide to maintain the general health of the female reproductive system that I have been using in clinical and personal applications for over 10 years. They are used to treat vaginitis, urinary tract infections, to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area, painful periods, to soften tissues, adhesions, fibroids, and […]

Nettle Yorkshire Pudding

Nettles is one of the best spring time tonics for energy, healing, and increasing nutrition. It’s a nutritive tonic herb, a galactogogue (increases milk supply), rich in protein, and nutrients.   Nettles is very high in calcium, magnesium, trace minerals sulphur, zinc, chromium, boron, and chlorophyll-rich in muscle-relaxing magnesium. Through its nutrition, can make our blood stronger, […]

Nettles and Yellow Dock Soup Anyone?

Ingredients 3-4 quarts of a ready-made broth (maybe a homemade bone broth previously frozen) or Better Than Bouillon (a product okay to use in a pinch, organic and natural and tastes pretty good, comes in different flavors) it’s okay to just use water but make sure to add enough spices for flavor (double spices below)   ​Sometimes I blend my […]

Lilac Butter Cookies

Lilac Butter Cookies  21/2 cups of flour (I used a gluten free blend that I make ) 1/2 tsp baking powder  1/2 tsp salt 1 cup butter 1/4 cup of agave or 1/2 cup of sugar (brown not packed) 1 egg  2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups of lilac blossoms Cream butter, add the egg, […]